Rubik’s Cube Cheats

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her tuffet,
Solving her Rubik’s Cube
Out came the pliers
And strong twisted wires
And soon it was good as new!

So, you want to cheat at the rubik’s cube.
Ok, ok. The phrase cheat at the rubik’s cube is a bit harsh. Let’s be politically correct here. You just want your cube differently solved.

So, here are my recommendations for cheating differently solving your cube.

  • First of all, don’t peel off the stickers.

When I was in school, my math teacher lent out his Rubik’s cube. Six months later, some of my classmates approached me, and said…

Can you give this back to the teacher? Don’t tell him who gave it to you.

Less than half the stickers remained. Most of the cube was a mess of sticky, gluey, black squares. When I returned it to the teacher, he held it as if it were a dead rat, and said

What happened to this??

I truthfully told him I didn’t know, some classmates had asked me to pass it back to him.

So I don’t recommend you peel off the stickers. They’ll lose their stickiness, and fall off again, and you’ll eventually be left with something that makes dead rats look good.

Instead, for those who would like your rubik’s cube to be differently solved,

Finally, I provide the following instructional video for those of you who want a faster way to cheat at their rubik’s cube. Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Rubik’s Cube Cheats”

  1. how many combinations for a 1-cube?
    i’ll bet its a lot more than just one – maybe 6 or 6-factorial ?

  2. I’m wondering if I was given a cube with two (or more) of the center faces moved around. For example, in the re-assembly video, you show assembling the white face and edges first. You then say to keep that face down (on the table), and the next pictures show the yellow center on top in that case. But on this one, the *blue* center is opposite the white. Yes, it reassembles, and it looks correct, but when going through the “how to solve” instructions, all of the colors and faces fail to match. I supposed I could download the text, change each reference to some specific color so that it matched this cube, and do that for each color (some intermediate names would be needed, so that “what is green” vs “what will be green instead” would be correct. But is there an easier way? The center pieces seem to be spring loaded into a center pivot. Can the faces be pulled off, swapped to another center post, and then reinserted? Could somebody have done that to this one (thus resulting in the 10 cent price at a local thrift store)?

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